Rare large Japanese locking bar tansu made of solid gorgeous quartered sawn Keyaki (elm) hardwood. Finished in its original translucent lacquer finish with a black lacquer frame and dark red lacquer front, top, and sides. The unusual configuration of the chest has not one but two symmetrical hinged safe doors on the left and right sides, two recessed drawers in the center with a locking bar running vertically in front of them, ornate hand-forged iron plates and mounts with Kiri leaf mon, and various size drawers for large and small items. Accompanied with its original working hand forged iron key. From the Iwayado region in the north of Japan.
Edo period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 65 3/4″ L x 23 3/4″ D x 39 3/4″ H